AKA: MamaFawn's Whole Wheat, Flaxmeal, Zucchini, Carrot, Applesauce, Banana, Molasses, Reduced Sugar, Low-Fat Muffins.
AKA: Power Muffins
Mia loves these. Mike loves these. I loved these. They are neither gluten-free, nor dairy-free, but they are amazingly tasty and packed full of goodness for big and little ones alike. This recipe is heavily modified from a zucchini bread recipe originally in a Cooking Light cookbook. This was originally motivated by trying to find a delicious way to deliver major amounts of nutrients to the little one, but quickly morphed to Mom & Dad's favorite morning snack. This is one of the few things I truly miss in my wheat-free world. I have to continue to develop my wheat-free option, so far I'm not there. Anyway, these have snuck green veggies into even the most discerning Mini-tasters.
~Makes 18-20 small muffins or 12 muffins and a loaf~
~I usually freeze 12+ muffins and pull out from the freezer as needed~
3c shredded zucchini/carrot*
4c flour **
1/3c -1/2c white sugar (or less, as you like it. The original recipe called for 1c!)
1/4c brown sugar
5t baking powder
1.5c milk, soymilk or yogurt***
2t vanilla extract
2lg eggs lightly beaten (or egg substitute)
6T vegetable oil****
1/2c or so unsweetened applesauce (optional)
3T or so blackstrap molasses (optional, great for flavor and extra iron)
1-2 bananas, either smushed up or finely chopped (optional, good for natural sweetness and potassium)
1. Preheat oven to 350°
2. Mix dry ingredients in big bowl and make a well in center
3. Mix wet ingredients together and add zucc/carrot
4. Add zucc/carrot/misc. mix into center of dry ingredients stirring just until combined
5. divide evenly between muffin tins &/or loaf pans (either use cupcake liners or non-stick spray)
6. Cook muffins 30-40 min, loaf pan usually requires 50-60min.
* I use whatever is on hand or sounds good. Maybe even some frozen, drained spinach would be good for some extra nutrients?
**I usually use about 2.5c whole wheat, 1c white and .5c flax meal. Use whatever you like to mix
*** Use nonfat for big people if you care, or use full fat for the babies, depending on your goal!
**** I usually use only 3T oil and 3T applesauce in addition to adding extra applesauce for fun, as with the milk, modify your fats as you see fit for your needs